Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Marlins Thursday preview

Today: vs. Marlins

1:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $15-275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Senior Special. All tickets in the 200 level are $15 for fans 60 and older.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (2-5, 3.54)

MARLINS: RH Jose Fernandez (6-2, 3.02)

On Fernandez: The Alonso High product is looking for his first win against the Rays in his third career start. He is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA, having allowed 16 hits and nine runs in 91/3 innings. He has 78 strikeouts in 532/3 IP this season.

On Smyly: Has faced the Marlins twice in his career with one start. That came last September when he held the Marlins to one run in six innings. Pitched 61/3 innings during his last start at Detroit. Threw a season-high 112 pitches.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. FERNANDEZ

Corey Dickerson 0-for-3

Evan Longoria 1-for-5, HR

Steven Souza Jr. 1-for-2

MARLINS VS. SMYLY

Marcell Ozuna 1-for-3

Martin Prado 2-for-4, 1 HR

Ichiro Suzuki 4-for-8

On deck

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-5, 5.16); Yankees — TBA

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 4:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (1-3, 5.47); Yankees — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 18, targeting late May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

• 2B Logan Forsythe, left shoulder fracture, eligible May 25, targeting early June

• OF Kevin Kiermaier, left hand fracture, eligible June 6, targeting early August

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

Roger Mooney, Times correspondent

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